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“I know people have called me the underdog,” says Monica, who released her latest album, Code Red, last month. “I was even told the kiss of death would be the four years I took off after the birth of my boys,” she begins. “I’ve executed my career exactly how I’ve wanted to and that’s the most important thing. And if I am an underdog because I’ve chosen to put my family first, to be guided by my spirituality or allow true love to be my solace, then so be it.”
No matter how people perceive her, Monica adds that she’s proud of her career. “As I think back over everything I’ve accomplished in my career — the awards, opportunities and exposure are all there, of course. But, what gives me unspeakable joy is the fact that I’ve touched countless women, and some young men, along the way with my music and my message,” she says. “To know that I was helping to save lives while feeling like my own was in the process of ending, means more than any manufactured victory ever could.”
You can read the full interview, in which she discusses marriage, motherhood, her tough upbringing and friendship with Whitney Houston, on UptownMagazine.com now.
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